Project ID: JM0001-66303
Jamaica’s African underpinnings are undeniable. The decision to partner with the Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN), then, in calling the Rev. Obot Ite to Jamaica as a church planting pastor, was logical and has not disappointed.
The LCN is a product of LCMS missionary efforts dating back to 1936. Ite grew up with a missionary pastor and now has the honor of being the LCMS’s longest-serving Alliance Missionary. He arrived in Jamaica in October 2007 and took the reins of St. Andrew Lutheran Church whilst adapting to the Caribbean and performing community reconnaissance that bore fruit in what became Faith Lutheran Church.
Ite now pastors both congregations in addition to shepherding two preaching stations. Alongside Word and Sacrament, he aims to empower lay leaders, expand men’s ministry, and establish the church’s mercy arm. He skillfully puts his educational and experiential background to use as chaplain of Parade Gardens Lutheran School.
Ite’s family consists of wife Abasifreke (“Abas”) and their exuberant, school-aged daughter Goodness. Abas is a pillar despite ongoing health challenges, and Goodness’s shy, toothy smile is contagious.
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